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Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by thewoodlands, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    What is the best way you can get a ring out of the top of a wooden table which was caused by the bottom of a metal can.






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  2. Adios Pantalones

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    Is the ring indented, stained, or just in the finish?
  3. thewoodlands

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    I would say just stained, not much finish left.




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  4. Adios Pantalones

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    I have cleaned wood with TSP, but it may bleach the area a bit so that it doesn't match the rest of the table (could do the whole thing I guess).

    I am a fan of letting antiques go "antique" looking, but it depends on the piece and where it is.
  5. thewoodlands

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    It just might be a fall job, it's been in her family for about 60 - 70 years.





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    Depending on the piece - you may want to rub the top down with some "old english oil". They have a light and a darker color to match the existing finish. Or lightly work it in to the discolored ring. If the finish is badly worn/aged it could prove very difficult to get that ring out without altering the worn finish.

    If it is an important piece, you may want to take it to a pro (or a picture) and ask.

    A pic might help here, also.
  7. thewoodlands

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    Jags, I'll have one up after we do some jobs around the house and if I get time a run back in the woods for some rounds of maple that need some attention.







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  8. thewoodlands

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    Jags, here is the picture and the camera makes the table and ring look better then it really is.


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    If that is rust from the metal can, I may have just embedded in the finish coat. Try a very fine grit sandpaper and see if it will lighten up. Hopefully it is just that and not into the wood grain. If it yields, a light sanding all over the top and a thin coat of finish will help protect it from future blemishes. That is some beautiful wood grain there.
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    I've never tried this but have heard that toothpaste may work well.
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    That is gonna be a tough one, I believe. Your really not out much for trying some of the suggestions above. My best guess is that you will probably need a sanding and a refinish to completely remove it. I can understand the pain in doing so with an aged patina like that.

    Down side - if you choose to retain the patina, you just got a new "beauty mark"

    Up side - if you choose to refinish, you will have a perfectly beautiful table. That table has a wonderful grain pattern to it that a new finish would make "pop".

    These are just my opinion - I am NOT a pro at this stuff. Jay might have some wizardry up his sleeve. He is the local table guru.
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    I'd get a bunch of old tools, cans etc and lay them on the table for a while. Go for broke. :)
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    We used to get water stains on the buffet from the fish tank when we were kids. My mother used to get them off by using mayonaise. I know this is a different stain, but it might be worth a try. I think she kept it on there overnight. You could try a small area to see if it will lift the stain.
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    Every old table I've ever seen get a water stain in the finish- it goes away after it dries an hour or so.
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    Or just find a can or candle the exact size of the ring and place it on the table in the same spot . . . voila . . . problem fixed . . . as long as no one moves the can, candle, vase, etc. :)
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    Jake funny you mention that, when I finally went home yesterday I looked at the table and said you got the ring out which my wife replied no I just turned the table then put the tabletop lazy susan on it.




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    Nice! I have fixed "check engine" lights with a 1" piece of electrical tape, too
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    Take the positive cable off the battery for thirty minutes then hook it back up and it does the trick.




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    Lemon oil! Pure you can find it at most big box stores.
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    . . . only to have it lock up my theft-resistant radio so that I had to go to the dealer to get a code and be shown how to reactivate the radio. :) ;) HehHeh . . . story of my life.
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    You can get rid of some marks by covering with a rag and running a hot iron across the rag.
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    might try some fine steel wool and then polish ?
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    Be careful about following some of the home-grown advice you've gotten. You don't want to seal any more of the water into the finish.

    Actually, a great way to remove water rings from a film finish is with something most of us have--wood ashes.

    Get some really fine wood ash, and softly buff them into the area with the ring on it. Don't scratch it in, just rub. Let it sit for a couple days, and rub it now and then. The ashes will draw the moisture back through the finish, though if the water wasn't pure, it might leave a stain behind. White rings are usually just plain water, and come out easily. Your ring looks dark, and might have been left behind after the water dried.

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